Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Lonnie Dale Holmes

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Lonnie Dale Holmes

Age 52, of Birch River, WV passed away Monday, May 07, 2012 at University of Kentucky Medical Center after a long illness.

He was born on March 21, 1960 in Sutton the son of the late Harold E. Holmes. He was formerly employed as a timber cutter.

He was Baptist by faith.

He is survived by his wife Sandra Murphy Holmes and son, Chad E. Holmes of Birch River. Also surviving is his mother, Arlene Dixie Frame. Brothers include, Garrel, Harold Jr., and Timothy all of Birch River. Darrel of Summersville, WV; sisters, Patty Wilson of Birch River and Linda Casto of Canvas, WV.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM on Friday May 11, 2012 at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home in Flatwoods, WV with Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial took place in Birch River Cemetery. Friends called from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.

Elaine J. Ables

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Elaine J. Ables

Age 72, of Gassaway, WV passed away on June 14, 2012 at CAMC General Division, Charleston, WV.

She was born on November 20, 1939 in Gassaway, WV to the late Nick and Lou Thelma James Young.

Elaine worked for Braxton County Board Of Education for 46 years as a secretary at Braxton County High School and was a Graduate of Gassaway High School in 1959.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband; Rondle Lee “Bud” Ables, infant sister; Carol Ann Young.

Elaine is survived by her son, Michael C. Jackson of Gassaway, daughters, Delon M. “Dee” Ables, and Michelle Swisher both of Parkersburg, WV, Sherri L. Jackson Stump and husband Robert of Gassaway, sister, Galena Keaton and husband Charles of Gassaway, grandchildren, Amber Hyre and husband Mark, Joshua Groves and wife Sarah, Thomas Jackson, great grandchildren, Cassie Hyre, James Hyre, Madison Groves, Samuel Groves, Donaca Groves, Jeremy Kelly. Elaine also was looking forward to the birth of a great grandson. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and her loving dog, Saddie.

Visitation will be held 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Sunday June 17, 2012 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV.

Family suggest donations be made to: Braxton County Animal Shelter, 10 Animal Shelter Ln. Sutton, WV 26601

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Ables family.

Lewis/Gilmer County Line: Bridge Dedication to Honor SP5 Lynn Waitman Peters

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The public is invited to attend the bridge-naming ceremony for the new bridge at Sleeth’s Run on U.S. Highway 33 East near Linn, WV on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM.

During the 2012 Session of the West Virginia Legislature, the bridge was named in honor of SP5 Lynn Waitman Peters.

Peters was a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces.

He was killed by sniper fire in 1965 in Vietnam.

SP5 Peters is buried in the cemetery overlooking the bridge.

The bridge is located near the Lewis/Gilmer County line, approximately 11 miles east of Glenville.  From Glenville take US-119 N/US 33 E toward Weston. Turn right onto Sleeths Run Road at the bridge.

The Rock Grove Church is located along US 119/33, just before the turn-off for the Rock Grove Cemetery.

Everyone is encouraged to take a chair for the short bridge-naming ceremony.

Charles E. Bush

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Charles E. Bush

Age 81, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away June 14, 2012 at his residence.

He was born August 31, 1930, in Gilmer County, WV, a son of the late Ernest L. and Hester V. Wilson Bush.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a mechanic for Hupp & Wharton Auto and Superior Toyota until retiring. He had worked for many years as a mechanic from his home. He enjoyed working with C.B. radios and metal detectors and listening to bluegrass music. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Lilly J. Richards Bush; a daughter, Debra J. Burns (Lee) of Parkersburg; a son, Douglas E. Bush of Hedgesville, WV; three sisters, Marie Weese of Sophia, WV, Margie Mathess of Parkersburg and Maxine Crouch of Vienna; two brothers, Jack Bush of Mineral Wells, WV and Porter Bush of Lubeck, WV; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ernest Bush.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Sunday, June 17, 2012 at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg, WV with Carroll McCauley officiating.

Burial will follow at Hunt Cemetery in Calhoun County.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 5:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM Saturday at the funeral home.

Bryan Edward Bleigh

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Bryan Edward Bleigh

Age 26, of 22712 US Hwy 19 South, Ireland, passed away on June 13, 2012 following an accident.

He was born on September 20, 1986 in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

He is the son of Kenneth W. Bleigh of Ireland and Kim (Craig) Bleigh and step father Gary Workman both of Walkersville.

Also surviving is his fiancée Carissa Ann Golden.

In addition to his parents and fiancé Bryan is survived by one daughter Alyvia Brook Bleigh of Ireland, one sister Brandi Francis of Vandalia Community, also surviving is step sister Betsy Murphy, and Gary Workman, Jr. both of Roanoke. Bryan is survived by maternal grandparents Cline and wife Judy Craig of Walkersville and paternal grandmother Agnes Bleigh of French Creek. Also surviving are several aunts and uncles and two nephews Harley and Isaac Francis, and many friends.

Bryan was preceded in death by one grandfather Walter Bleigh.

Bryan was an employee of the marina at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV. He was a Graduate of Lewis County High School with the class of 2005. Bryan was an avid outdoorsman he loved to hunt, fish, liked to go four wheeling, and was a motor head. Bryan also loved to be around his family and friends especially his daughter Alyvia who was his pride and joy.

Family will receive friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston on Sunday, June 17, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8 PM.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, June 18, 2012 from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel at 1:00 PM with Reverend Lonnie Ramsey officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Mitchell Cemetery in Roanoke.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of the arrangement for Bryan Edward Bleigh.

Sarah Nell Mollohan Riffle

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Sarah Nell Mollohan Riffle

Age 84 of Logan, Ohio died April 18, 2012 in Hocking Valley Community Hospital, Logan, Ohio.

Sarah was born October 12, 1927 at Heaters, WV to E. Lucille Mollohan and Cameron K. Mollohan.

She attended Flatwoods Grade School and graduated from Sutton High School class of 1945. She was an active member of the Heaters U.M. Church, and the Boys and Girls Club of Heaters during her youth, and enjoyed returning yearly for Sunday worship services after attending Sutton High School Alumni the first of July.

Sarah and her husband owned and operated Riffle Market in Logan, Ohio for several years. She also worked at Hallmark in Logan and at Lagarus in Lancaster Ohio. She moved to Florida for several years before returning to Ohio. She lived with her daughter Joy Little, for the past three years and attended Antioch Alliance Church. Survivors are daughter Joy (Robert) Little of Logan, Ohio, Julie Taylor of Kissimmee, Fl, grandchildren, Sarah Lynn Riffle of NY, Joellen (Ryan) Kemper of Logan, OH. Garrett Taylor of Lancaster OH. Sister Betty j. Humphreys of Buckhannon, WV. Nephew Brad (Pamela) Humphreys also of Buckhannon, WV. Niece, Christina and husband Major Frank Figueroa and two sons, niece, Michele and husband Douglas Estep, Christopher and Coylin Estep; Niece, Theresa her husband Bryan Samples, Summer Kyser and made the journey to honor “aunt chick’.

Jim Lane , great nephew, came from Randolph County, Brad Humphreys, Doug Estep and Christopher Estep were among the casket bearers.

Sarah was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, William J. Riffle who passed in 1985, grandson, Alex Taylor passed in June 2011, brother Cameron Jr. “ Buddy” Mollohan and sister Anita z. Groff in 2005.

Visitation was Sunday April 22, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Funeral home.

Funeral Services were at 2:00 PM Monday April 23, 2912 at the Heinline- Brown funeral home in Logan, Ohio with Rev. Bruce C. Livingston officiating.

Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Rockbridge, Ohio.

James Franklin Dobbins

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James Franklin Dobbins

Age 74, died May 05, 2012.

He was born in Gassaway, WV and Lived in Fort Pierce since 2002, coming from Fairborn, Ohio where he owned and operated an insurance company.

He served one tour of duty in Lebanon for the Army and one tour of duty for the Air Force in Germany and England. He was an avid pilot and a past Master of the Masonic Lodge in Fairborn.

Survivors include his son, Alex Dobbins of Fairborn, Ohio; sister, Betty Heater of Gassaway; and two granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Jackson Dobbins, his father Carson Dobbins, his mother Carrie Rollyson Dobbins and his wife Barbara and stepdaughter, Ladina Hopkins. Service; a Masonic graveside service was held at 2:00 PM on May 11 at the Byron Cemetery in Fairborn, Ohio.

Brenda Sue Green

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Brenda Sue Green

Age 58, of Cedarville, WV passed away on June 13, 2012.

She was born on June 07, 1954.

Brenda attended Church of God of Prophecy in Cedarville.

She also attended Summit Center in Glenville.

Brenda is survived by her loving mother Alice Marie Green Scott of Cedarville, brothers; Burl Eugene Green of Ft. Madison, IA., Russell Darrell Green of Nicut, WV, Billy Joe Scott of Cedarville, WV, sister; Wilma Jean Shields and Tammy Marie Conner both of Cedarville, Charlotte Sue Gibson of Burnsville, WV.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home Chapel with Bryon Groves officiating.

Burial will follow the service in the Braxton memorial cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

The family suggest donations to the Church of God of Prophesy, Cedarville, WV 26611.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Green family

Lisa Gay Marie Allen

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Lisa Gay Marie Allen

Age 31, of Cleveland, OH, passed away June 04, 2012.

She was born in Cleveland on July 18, 1980 a daughter of Claude E. and Virginia P. McCartney Allen of Burnsville, WV.

Lisa is survived by her parents, Claude and Virginia; her four brothers Larry Allen, Junior Allen and Charlie Allen of Burnsville and Rodney Allen of Cleveland, Ohio. Her brothers, Johnnie Allen and Kevin Allen preceded her in death.

Also surviving Lisa is one nephew Charles Allen of Clarksburg, WV a nephew Kevin Allen and niece, Crissy Allen of Cleveland, Ohio. Many Aunts and Uncles also survive Lisa.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 09, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods, with Rev. Paul Allen officiating.

Burial followed the service in Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens, Heaters, WV.

Friends called at the funeral home Friday evening, June 08, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Melinda Sue Greenlief

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Melinda Sue Greenlief

Age 43, of Gassaway, WV, passed away June 04, 2012.

She was born in Akron, Ohio, on January 30, 1969 a daughter of Kenneth R. Greenlief and Edith Huffman Perrine.

She worked in the home health care industry. While living in Akron, she attended Akron Baptist Temple.

Melinda is survived by her parents, two daughters; Nicole Ann Myers, Florence, Alabama and Britney Irene Williamson, Gassaway, WV. She is also survived by three brothers; Kenneth Allen Greenlief of North Carolina, Charles Edward Greenlief of Flatwoods and Russell Burton Greenlief of Strange Creek. Also surviving Melinda are five grandchildren; William, Adrana, Aaron, Bradon and Sue Ann.

Funeral services was held Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 12:00 Noon with Pastor David Fisher officiating at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods, WV. Burial followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Burnsville.

Friends called 2 hours prior to the funeral service.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods is in charge of arrangements.

Edith F. “Dot” Sanders

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Edith F. “Dot” Sanders

Age 87, of Gassaway, WV went to be with her Lord on Saturday, June 09, 2012 at Braxton Health Care and Rehabilitation Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George.

She is survived by her children, Susan and Gene Case of Gassaway, Donna and Jim McQuain of Gassaway, Jimmy and Nancy Sanders of Clarksburg, Carol and Jim Criner of Gassaway and Russell and Shelly Sanders of St. Albans; grandchildren, John David and Patrick Case, David and Jerry McQuain, Bryan Sanders, Jennifer Geibel, Tim Criner and Jonathan Sanders; 10 great grandchildren and one sister, Rheta Kinner of Laurel, MD.

Dot was retired from Braxton County Memorial Hospital, a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Sutton, WV and a Rebekah.

Service was 1:00 PM Tuesday, June 12 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Jimmy Sanders officiating.

Burial was in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends called from 6:00 to 9:00 PM Monday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

George G. Gray

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George G. Gray

a lifelong resident of Sutton, WV, passed away on June 12, 2012 at Grafton City Hospital, following an extended illness with Alzheimer’s Disease.

He was born October 04, 1917 in Cowen, WV the son of the late Charles Gray and Rebecca Davis Gray.

After graduating from Cowen High School, he completed welding school, and was a welder for Bethlehem Steel in Baltimore during World War II. After the war, he and his wife Neva returned to Braxton County where they operated a small grocery store in Tesla, WV. He then entered the insurance and real estate business in Sutton, and retired as an Agent Emeritus with Prudential Insurance Company, with more than 50 years of service. He was also a member of the Sutton Lions Club and the Sutton Volunteer Fire Dept. for many years, and was a supporter of the Boy Scouts and Sutton High School athletics.

George was preceded in death by his parents, first wife and the mother of his four children, Neva M. Gibson Gray of Sutton, WV, who passed away in 1981.

He is survived by his wife Delories “Dee” Moore Gray whom he married in 1991, of Grafton, WV. He is also survived by his four children: Dr. John C. Gray of Arden, Delaware; James D. Gray of Bridgeport, WV; Linda Marie Bunner of Kutztown, PA; Mary Louise Grindo of Sutton, and 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Known by his family as “Pop”, he was also an aviation enthusiast, and private pilot, and loved jumping in his Cessna, and flying over the area taking aerial photos. In his later years he and Dee enjoyed traveling together and spending many quiet evenings on his farm, where they enjoyed feeding and caring for the deer and the other critters residing there.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM on Friday June 15, 2012 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV with Rev. Doug Smailes officiating.

Interment will follow at the Gray Family Cemetery, McClain Ridge Road.

Friends may call 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday June 14, 2012 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to:  Hospice Care, 7 Harman Center Suite 203 Grafton, WV 26354

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Gray Family.

Mary A. Buckley

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Mary A. Buckley

Age 92, of Parkersburg, passed away June 09, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus after a brief illness.

She was blessed with good health most of her long life.

She was born in 1919 in Gilmer County, WV.

She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother with a naturally strong work ethic. Being widowed early in her life with three children to provide for, she often worked long hours and sometimes more than one job to meet the needs of her family. She is greatly respected for her strength of character and will be missed by her family.

She is survived by two older sisters, Helen and Pauline; and one younger sister, Annalee. She is also survived by one son, Richard Schultz and wife, Wilma (Billie); one daughter, Jane Taylor and husband, Michael; her grandchildren, Greg Taylor (Kathy), Ryan Taylor (Emily), Cindy Cokeley (Jim), Jimmie Schultz, Amy Schultz, Lori Schultz, Leeandra Flinn, Charlie Wade and Donnie Wade; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Weldon Buckley; one son, Delbert (Sonny) Schultz; five brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral services were 1:00 PM Tuesday at Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg.

Burial was in Evergreen North Cemetery.

Visitation was Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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Donald Ray Byrd

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Donald Ray Byrd

Age 75, of the Hodgesville community died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at his home.

He was born August 23, 1936, at Cox’s Mills, WV, a son of the late Asel Boyd and Hestor Mayme Ann Smarr Byrd.

On April 20, 1957 he married Barbara Bush, who survives.

Also, surviving are one son, David Ray Byrd and wife, Tina, of Hodgesville; two daughters, Phyllis Ann Bailey and fiance, Danny Coombs, and Kimberly Dawn Gifford and husband, Russell, all of Hodgesville; foster son, Charles Stimeling and wife, Melissa, of Kesling Mill; one granddaughter, Jennifer Renae Ervin and Scott of Hodgesville; one grandson, Chad Allen Gifford of Norfolk, VA, serving in the U.S. Navy on board the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman; two foster grandsons, Travis Stimeling and wife, Melanie, of Decatur, IL, and Clay Stimeling and wife, Tiffany, of High Point, NC; two stepgranddaughters, Larisa Workman and David and Megan Workman, all of Braxton County; one great-grandson, Cameron Sean Ervin of Hodgesville; one foster great-grandson, Christopher Stimeling of Decatur, IL; two stepgreat-granddaughters, Mariah Bush and Kirra Laurentus, both of Braxton County; two stepgreat-grandsons, Nathan Bush and Gabriel Workman, both of Braxton County; two brothers, James Byrd and wife, Deloris, of Cox’s Mills and Asel Byrd and wife, Betty, of Cedar Creek; one sister, Ruby Bustle of Moses Lake, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Arden and Bertis Byrd.

Mr. Byrd was a well tender and a member of Sand Run Baptist Church in Excelsior.

He retired from Consolidated Natural Gas after 36 years and 10 months. He enjoyed working on old Ford tractors and farming and loved his dog, Air Bud. Mr. Byrd also enjoyed spending time with his friends in his garage. He will be sadly missed by his family and close friends.

Friends will be received Wednesday, June 13, from 10:00 A to 1:30 P at the church.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:30 P at Sand Run Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Butcher officiating.

Burial will follow in Mt. Union Church Cemetery in Tallmansville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sand Run Baptist Church, Rt. 2 Box 137-B Buckhannon, WV 26201.

Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Judy Ann Price (Bennett)

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Judy Ann Price (Bennett)

Age 72, passed away to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 09, 2012.

She was born on May 25, 1940, in Grantsville, WV.

Judy moved to Akron when she was 17, where she lived for the majority of her life. She was retired from AAA motor club of Akron, Ohio after 35 years. Judy was a sweet, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who touched the hearts of the many she came across.

Preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Price (Jack); and her oldest son, Charles E. Price Jr.

She is survived by her youngest son, Michael K. Price; grandchildren, Camille Price and Kevin Price; brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Patty Bennett of Marietta.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home, 547 Canton Road, Akron, Ohio, 44312, with the Rev. Fleary Spurlock officiating.

Burial to follow in Hillside Memorial Park.

Friends may call at the funeral home from Noon Wednesday until service time.

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